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Reid Collins
by | Dec 14, 2012

School officials had best get ready: the lesson of the Connecticut mass shootings in a grade school is about to come home to hundreds of such institutions across the United States. A random sampling of school parents in my area…

by | Dec 13, 2012

Time was the Eastern Seaboard of the United States would disappear this time of year. Palls of gray smoke enveloped the countryside as residents burned the tons of leaves produced by deciduous trees. Some packed them into compost heaps and…

by | Oct 30, 2012

Editors: Looking for a headline for these past few days? How about one from the past: “A R F!” says Sandy.

by | Jul 2, 2012

Just so we all (a million or more) know — that was no ordinary thunderstorm last Friday night. It was a “derecho” — a meteorologist’s fancy word for a line of storms. Fast-moving and violent, a line more than 240…

by | May 29, 2012

A recent edition of the TV quiz Jeopardy offered the question of who an Indian named Osceola might have been. One contestant suggested “Cree[k]” and two declared “Seminole.” Those two were declared correct by the ceremony master, Alex Trebek. I…

by | Apr 4, 2012

So, America is just discovering a truth about its favorite spectator sport — football! NFL football, the professional kind, where a team’s slogan might well be: “We Aim To Lame!” Semi-documented so far is the habit of paying players bonuses…

by | Jan 16, 2012

It was the voice of my grandson. Speaking in his usual manner, apologizing for sounding so nervous, but explaining that he was on a brief vacation in Panama and had wrecked a rental car and was under arrest in Panama…

by | Nov 9, 2011

Years ago, when I was a boy, there was a small airfield on the west side of town where you could take flying lessons for about 7-dollars an hour. There were Piper Cubs and Aroncas and a lot of us…

by | Oct 19, 2011

As the United States retreats from its space efforts, its partner in the latest project has been forced to appeal to Moscow for help. The European Space Agency has formally asked Russia if it would like to take part in…

by | Aug 24, 2011

The earthquake that shook the East yesterday also taught a terrible lesson. The item most people would rely upon in an emergency doesn’t work! The cell phones were out post-quake yesterday from Richmond to New York and stayed that way…

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